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With the release of Australia’s Winning Edge in 2012, the ASC has identified change to governance practices within Australian sport as an important element of improved performances in and out of the sports arena. In 2013, the seven sports that received highest levels of ASC funding — such as basketball, athletics, swimming and sailing — were required to meet the Mandatory Sports Governance Principles. The seven sports’ compliance was assessed, and subsequent funding levels were aligned to reflect the sports’ individual reforms.

From 2014 the number of sports subject to the mandatory principles increased from seven to 15, with sports such as triathlon, canoe and netball added. The ASC supports these sports through direct partnerships to best enable them to achieve the mandatory principles. Additionally, the ASC provides support to sports outside the 15 with advice and support to ensure the benchmark of good corporate governance is achievable across the sector.

Through its Sports Governance and Business Capability Branch, the ASC provides expertise, advice and support to national sporting organisations. It has worked with sports such as athletics, netball, cycling, golf, gymnastics, boxing, judo and water polo to build their capability in governance, planning, management, workforce, commercialisation and participation.

Recent projects between the ASC and sports include governance modelling with golf and sailing; organisational reform in cycling and taekwondo; constitutional reform with canoe; management policy development in athletics; and director professional development with netball.

Growing the number of women on national sporting organisation boards
As part of its mandatory governance standards, the ASC affirmed the need for sports to proactively grow the number of women on their national boards. While some sports have made good progress in this area, the ASC notes that the following Australia’s Winning Edge sports have less than 20 per cent female representation on their boards: archery (17 per cent), boxing (14 per cent) and Australian Paralympic Committee (10 per cent*).

* These figures are current as of 31 January 2015. At the publication of this document the Australian Paralympic Committee had three vacancies on a board of nine.

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